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ASC 10rd Magazines

| April 13, 2020
asc stamped aluminum
Photo Credit: Keith Knoxsville
A Hen and a Drake Green Teal on the truck bed. Not a limit on anything, but a fun morning out.

These ASC 10rd magazines are a great running magazine, they work without issues, and lock the bolt open on empty every time. I have zero feed issues, no fitment issues, and at 10 rounds are perfect for restricted states.

The construction is solid aluminum, and is nicely coated. I’m not sure if its anodized or painted, but it seems to be wearing well, and operates without issues.

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There isn’t a whole lot to say about a 10 round magazine. It’s not a mag you would use in a free state, and not one that any major magazine pouch, belts, or vest or carrier designs for. However, until California wins assault weapon and magazine capacity lawsuits, and thank God we are close, these work, are reliable, and affordable.

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Super Slim A2 Sights

| April 12, 2020
UTG Rear SLim Sight 0
Photo Credit: Keith Knoxsville
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UTG Rear SLim Sight 2
UTG Rear SLim Sight

I needed sights for my recent AR15 build, so I decided to try UTGs Super Slim A2 sights. I wanted a reliable, and solidly made fixed sight set. I didn’t want flip ups. I also didn’t want to spend nearly as much on sights as I did a budget AR15 build. After a bunch of reading, researching, and price comparisons, I bought UTGs Super Slim A2 sights.

The Super Slim A2 Sights by UTG were exactly what I was looking for. They are solidly built, mount squarely with included Torx screws, and use standard heights for flat top handguards and uppers.

Rear Sight Features:
Tool free windage adjustment
With dual aiming apertures
Precision Machined Aircraft Aluminum
Matte Black Anodizing
Square-Shaped Integral Recoil Stop
Securely Attaches to any Picatinny Rail
Includes a T20 Torx wrench, and extra screw
Price: $32.97

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Front Sight Features:
Machined forward and rear-forward facing glare reducing serrations
Matte Black Anodizing
Adjustable A2 Front Sight Post
Interchangeable with aftermarket posts with equivalent dimensions
Square-Shaped Integral Recoil Stop
Securely Attaches to any Picatinny Rail
Includes a T20 Torx wrench, and extra screw
Price: $15.97

These fixed sights are as good or better than sights over 2x the cost. So it’s no wonder these things are always sold out. An alternative may be the front flip up version by UTG or the rear flip up sight but if you see the fixed sights available, snatch ’em up in a hurry.

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Free Float M-LOK Handguard

| April 12, 2020
NBS M-LOK Handguard
Photo Credit: Keith Knoxsville
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NBS M-LOK Handguard

The NBS Free Float M-LOK Handguard is an American Made handguard. It features a monolithic rail, and is machined from a 6061-T6 extrusion. The finish is type 3 hard coat anodizing.

The handguard is nice and slim, feels nice in hand. It fit nicely over my low profile gas block, and features 7 sides of versatile M-LOK attachment slots. The handguard also includes a barrel nut, and its non-indexing! It makes it easy to properly torque the nut and even easier to install the handguard over it.

The NBS Free Float M-LOK Handguard is a great value, backed by a lifetime warranty, Made in America, and uses a non-indexing barrel nut. It is equal or superior in quality to handguards, that are 2 or even 3 times the price. It looks great, and works with nearly any AR15 build budget.

Includes barrel nut
6061-T6 Aluminium
Type 3 Hard Coat Anodizing
1.35″ ID
Installed Weight:
7″ – 7.3oz
12″ – 10.9oz
15″ – 12.9oz
Made in the USA
Backed by the NBS Limited Lifetime Warranty

Available in 4″, 7″, 12″ and 15″ lengths
4″ Price: $49.95
7″ Price: $59.95
12″ Price: $64.95
15″ Price: $64.95

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Fat Comp 2

| April 12, 2020
Photo Credit: Keith Knoxsville
A Hen and a Drake Green Teal on the truck bed. Not a limit on anything, but a fun morning out.

Update 4 29 2020: There is a considerable noticable reduction in recoil, compared to a rifle with nothing mounted to the end of the barrel. I initially though it was my imagination, or I just got way tougher while staying at home due to the COVID crisis. Well it turns out I am in no way shape or form tougher, and there is actually a 34% reduction in recoil. Somebody has done the experiment…and recorded the data. If you are interested in reading the experiment, click here.

The Fat Comp 2 by Strike Industries is 1 of 4 compensators in the Fat Comp line of compensators.

They are meant to work with Strike Industries Cobra Dummy Suppressors, and will fit inside most free float handguard rail systems, as well as directly attach to any AR barrel with a 1/2”x28 thread pitch. They are machined from steel, and feature a mate black finish.

First impressions were good. It’s matte finish is nice, and the quality of the machined steel is very good. Installation onto my AR barrel was straight forward, and the fitment very good. The price of a Fat Comp, is a fraction of other higher priced compensators for very comparable performance. I also managed to achieve the look i wanted.

– Length: 2″
– Weight: 7.8oz
– Outer Diameter: 1.5”
– Inner Diameter: 0.254″
– Thread Pitch: 1/2×28
– Caliber: .223/5.56

Price: $35.00

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First Time Gun Buyers

| March 29, 2020
FTGB California Pepe
Photo Credit: Keith Knoxsville
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I ordered an AR15 lower ahead of a 10 day trip to rural NY. I did it before the Coronavirus really started to grip America, devastate the economy, and cause so much fear and uncertainty, that first time gun buyers would line up in droves to buy a gun.

Californians have to wait 10 days (10 24hr periods) to pick up a firearm, while background checks occur, and the CA DOJ does whatever the hell it does.

I’m not a particularly patient person. I thought buying an AR15 lower mid-way to the airport I was going to travel out of, would be a smart way to endure the wait.

SHTF, or at least began to, during that trip. My home is a 5.5 hour drive from the airport. The gun shop where I had to pick up my AR15 lower is 1.25 hours into my drive. What should have taken 5 minutes to pick up took 2.5 hours.

I arrived at the store, and waited in a line, outside in the rain for over an hour an a half. Turners Outdoorsman was responsibly only allowing 10 people to physically be in the store at a time, in attempt to limit the spread and exposure of the Coronavirus. There was also plenty of hand sanitizer on the gun and checkout counters.

I have no problem waiting in line for what I consider a reasonable and responsible social response. I didn’t however, enjoy wasting my time because of all of my uninformed peers, who have willingly through voting and willful ignorance, long since given the state over to anti-gunners, and wasted my time by being in line.

The demographic of those causing longer lines, was mostly first time gun buyers(from here on out we will call them FTGBs), complete idiots, and couch ninjas.

A woman joined the line 15 minutes after I got there and was actively smoking. Sure, she observed about 6 feet of distance because of the Coronavirus, but had no issue with actively killing her self and sharing those carcinogens with me and everyone else in line. Later, in the store, she asked “what would be better, a pistol or a shotgun?”. She was pointing at things in a catalog, and based here choices on aesthetics. They were out of stock on the Mossberg she saw in the catalog anyway, and even if she did buy a 12 gauge shotgun to pick up in 10 days, Turners was clean out of 9mm and 12 gauge ammunition.

ID-iots. Yep ID lacking first time gun buyers. Occasionally a Turners employee would come outside, and make very clear, what forms of ID, proof of citizenship, etc. that somebody would need to start the 10 day purchase process of a firearm. At every announcement at least a couple folks would look perplexed, and leave, or ask for clarity before leaving.

LA Bros… Because LA is out of ammo… If you don’t already have ammo for at least an emergency, why do you even have a gun at home. From the perspective of a firearm owner who uses firearms, for hunting, home defense, and recreation, I don’t understand why somebody doesn’t have a small emergency stash of ammo. Why don’t you have ammo Bro? Did you skip the last Bass Pro sale like you actively skipped leg day?

Couch ninjas who should stick to video games and social media trolling, because you don’t know shit about what you are doing when it comes to guns. I am no fashion expert, but most twenty something year old folks, who wear matching top and bottom sweats, where the pants hug your ankles, unmarred running shoes, and adds candy to it with a chain and diamond studs, are total dickbags. I watch this jabroni, pass over most higher priced AR Platforms, SCARS, Scropions etc. and asked to look at a Kel-tec Sub-2000 9MM. Mind you it was right after one of many announcents that there is no 9mm or 12 gauge ammo. I’m certain that dipshit couch ninja still has no idea there is no chance he is getting ammo for the firearm he ends up with.

With only 10 folks allowed in the store at any given time, its infuriating to watch the lady who takes a firearm safety certificate test. Wastes an hour of employee time to administer and then subsequently go over nearly all the answers, because she got nearly all of it wrong. Please for the love of god waste your own time, go online and take some practice tests, before wasting everybody else’s time.

Whats the moral of the FTGB story?
If you are panic gun buyer, and you are just now realizing what a pain in the ass it is to get a firearm in California. Well that’s what you get. Perhaps in the future you won’t be so quick to let California politicians and anti-gun groups infringe on your second amendment rights. Maybe now you’ll realize there are indeed background checks, fees, wait times, and prerequisites to buying a firearm. It’s been like this for years and years, and it doesn’t stop criminals from acquiring firearms and doing criminal things. Gun shops in California are not like grocery stores. You don’t walk in and walk out with a gun and ammo, like you would a bag of groceries.

I am very thankful for Turners Outdoorsman for their patience, and procedural handling during the corona crisis leading up to the shutdown. I also greatly appreciate a business that is selling guns in California and not cowing to political pressure, and optics like Dicks Sporting Goods recently has. Please support those who support your rights.

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